Quote of the Week
“Into the history books we go: Tokyo 2020 WE ARE COMING FOR YOU… This is huge for Israel but for me this is one step closer to my childhood dream and I don’t think it has even sunk in yet.”
—Danielle Goldstein on the hard-earned qualification of #TeamIsrael for the Tokyo 2020 Games this weekend—the first time the country has earned an Olympic berth in show jumping. Daniel Bluman, Ashlee Bond, and Elad Yaniv were also there. Mazel Tov!
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Into the history books we go 🙇♀️ @tokyo2020 WE ARE COMIN’ FOR YOU 💪 This was a hard earned battle today with @equeteamil needing 3 clears in the 2nd round to win it 🙈This is huge for #israel but for me this is one step closer to my childhood dream and I don’t think it has even sunk in yet. #proudisanunderstatement #teamwork #effort #israelshowjumping #lizziemary #flyingfeathers @andiedcastro @danielbluman @ashleembond @yaniv.elad @kremerproequestrian @jeroendubbeldam @olympicteamisrael @alan.waldman @waldmanhorses @fredrikstattin 📸: @tk_far_away
Guerdat Makes Good in Spruce Meadows
Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat & Venard de Cerisy earned a big win this weekend in Spruce Meadows in the 2019 ‘Pan American’ Grand Prix, presented by Rolex.
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The World #1 has been knocking at the door of a big Canadian victory for a while now, and finally earned it on Sunday, topping a field of 47. Only six combinations qualified and five returned to jump-off on Course Designer Alan Wade’s shortened track, with Jennifer Gates (USA) and Capital Colnardo leading off with an impressive double-clear. Ireland’s Capt. Brian Cournane & Armik went on to take the lead on a time of 45.54 seconds, while Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Daniel Coyle (IRL) each suffered rails in the second round.
Last to go, Guerdat—who’s earned multiple, top-three finishes at Spruce over the last three weeks of competition—finally closed the deal with a decisive victory, stopping the clock at 43.95 seconds. “I am leaving Spruce Meadows a better rider, and my horses are better too,” Guerdat said after the class, inciting spontaneous, nervous giggles from every other five-star rider everywhere.
This is the second major win for the Swiss rider and Venard de Cerisy, a 10-year-old Selle Français gelding Guerdat has been slowly and methodically bringing up the ranks for the past two years. A late bloomer, the large, hyper-sensitive, and notoriously difficult gelding was deemed an early failure as a sport horse, being both dangerous to mount and potentially traumatized early in life when the farm where he was stabled was seized by authorities after filing for bankruptcy.
For his part, Guerdat says “Venard” has progressed faster than expected, though his desire to perform and his rampant excess of energy sometimes cause him to lose focus. In May, the pair earned a major home win in the St. Gallen Grand Prix, their first at the 1.60m level, and Guerdat makes no bones about the gelding’s future prospects. “Over the last six months, he’s given me the impression of being my next championship horse,” he says.
Our Q&A With PanAm Games Traveling Reserve Rider Lucy Deslauriers
At just 19 years old, the U.S.A.’s Lucy Deslauriers has already shown that she can compete and win among the best at top international classes from Spruce Meadows to Wellington, FL. Last month, Lucy was selected as the traveling reserve rider for the 2019 Pan American Games, taking place in Lima, Peru July 26 – August 11. We caught up with PonyApp’s U25 Ambassador to learn more.
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Michael Jung Has Chipmunk Power
Michael Jung & fischerChipmunk FRH (c) Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials/Eventing Nation
Former World #1 Michael Jung may have found the horsepower he needs to return to the top of the ranking list. This weekend, the German eventer took home the LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials’ CCIO4*-S competition with the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding fischerChipmunk FRH, helping #TeamGermany secure a key FEI Nations Cup victory in the process. It’s the pair’s first international win together, though they've already proven their ability to be consistent with two, second-place finishes in the shortened four-star format. Take note: that’s Chipmunk with a C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K.
Lunging 101 With Dressage Rider Kate Leggat
(c) Kate Leggat
Dressage rider and show-jumping-flat-work-trainer-to-the-stars Kate Leggat shares her philosophy on effective lunging, from warming up to staying in control through more difficult work, as well as her top-three aids and exercises. Read on!
Karen Polle’s Kino Goes Snorkeling
Japan’s Karen Polle is known for her longtime partnership with the endearingly quirky With Wings, but her 11-year-old Holsteiner Kino seems determined to steal the limelight in his own right. First, there’s his out of the box hacking/grazing method, but our personal favorite is a new summer staple, drinking-while-snorkeling. See Kino here at the beach in La Baule, France, and again this week at Spruce Meadows: